CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 20, 2006) – On Friday students and faculty from the Cornerstone Schools, located in Detroit, spent the day at Michigan International Speedway where they received both a donation and a visit from a surprise guest—NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne, winner of last Sunday’s race. The donation to Cornerstone Schools was a collaborative effort involving The NASCAR Foundation, the Kasey Kahne Foundation, Michigan International Speedway and Wilsons Leather.

Cornerstone Schools and the Kasey Kahne Foundation are both committed to positive cultural changes by focusing on diversity awareness and giving underprivileged boys and girls ample opportunities for success.

"Through my partnership with Cornerstone Schools, I have seen first-hand the positive atmosphere that these kids work in everyday," said Kahne. "It’s important that these students receive a quality education to prepare them for a bright future."

Cornerstone Schools provides underprivileged students with an excellent education and life lessons through a support network of parents, teachers and a strong community. Since its inception in 1991, Cornerstone has seen its class size grow from 167 students the first year, to over 1,000 students today. Also, Cornerstone alumni have an average of 92 percent high school graduation rate.

Kasey Kahne and children from Cornerstone Schools

Kasey Kahne poses for a photo after delivering a speech to
children from Cornerstone Schools of Detroit and Lily Missions
of Jackson on Friday at Michigan International Speedway.
(Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

"It’s the support of our community, NASCAR tracks and charities, and corporations like Wilsons Leather that allows us to provide our students with the opportunity to realize their greatest potential," said Ernestine Sanders, president of Cornerstone Schools. "Our students learn in a nurturing environment made possible by our friends and partners, and we are honored to be the recipients of such a generous donation."

Michigan International Speedway and Wilsons Leather are generous supporters of The NASCAR Foundation’s initiatives through product donation for auctions, hosts of charity events and monetary donations. Both MIS and Wilsons are active in community outreach, supporting programs such as Cornerstone Schools building community pride and providing the youth of today with the tools to do great things tomorrow.